I've never written poetry before, except a love poem I wrote to a boy in 2nd grade which my mother kept for reasons known only to herself. But I realized the other day that some of my writing, when spoken, has rhythm and all I needed to do was make it look like a poem. :) I offer here my firstborn.
God lives in my heart.
God lives above, in the rays that poke through thick clouds.
And God lives in hospital beds
in the tears of a suffering parent
in the cuddliness of a bunny
in the homeless guy sleeping in the church doorway.
The God I know today,
the one I described before,
is not the same god I grew up with.
The God I know today
isn't the same god I was taught about from the time I was little.
That god was a punishing, angry, jealous god.
That god was a white-robed white-bearded throne-sitting Judge with a capital J.
The God I know today doesn't really have form,
Not old or young
Not male or female,
although I often picture Whoopie Goldberg in the role.
The God I know today holds me accountable
Or maybe I should say,
the God I know today teaches me to hold myself accountable
The God i know today will always forgive,
always be present in times of joy and pain
The God I know today loves.
Even the young man who killed all those children.
The God I know today really really really wants
To embrace us
To have us embrace each other
To be embraced back
The god I know today not only doesn't care
whether I am Catholic or Lutheran or Disciple or Quaker,
but also doesn't care if I am Jewish or Muslim or Buddhist
or even Atheist
so long as my life is lived with love for my neighbor.
The God I know today...